Grands Lacs: Fonds régional Actions urgentes

Project completed

A small action is a one-off contribution to a humanitarian endeavour with no following phase that has to be operationally completed within a maximum period of 12 months. It is a flexible, efficient and transparent tool for SDC HA to support small humanitarian activities, including emergency response.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Democratic Republic Congo
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR

Material relief assistance
Protection, access & security
Primary health care
05.05.2016 - 31.03.2018
CHF  230’000

The Great Lakes region is extremely volatile and fragile. The state of precariousness encourages political instability and recurring conflicts in the cases of Burundland the DRC. SDC and its offices in Kigali, Bujumbura and Bukavu are often approached by different agencies and NGOs with requests for the funding of a variety of humanitarian activities, including emergency response. Many projects are of limited scale requiring financial support of a few thousand Swiss Francs only.


The objectives of the program Small actions grant line is to provide the Regional Cooperation Office in the Great Lakes region with a simple and flexible quick Instrument to address clear humanitarian needs of the targeted beneficiaries as well as addressing windows of opportunities within the Great Lakes Region.

Target groups

Vulnerable groups, in particular women and children

Medium-term outcomes

Flexible and quick response to critical humanitarian needs, including preparedness.


Expected results:  

Capacities of the humanitarian community are strengthened, and vulnerable groups are provided with emergency response.

Results from previous phases:  

Quick and flexible funding enabled SDC to fill certain gaps and support victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts who weren't targeted by larger projects.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk

Coordination with other projects and actors

Regular dialogue with the humanitarian community is maintained, and actions are in line with the various existing crisis and emergency response plans.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    230’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    221’040 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   1’100’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   200’000
Project phases

Phase 4 05.05.2016 - 31.03.2018   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.10.2011 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)